Going To a Deeper Level

Christian recording star Israel Houghton talks about how prayer and fasting laid the groundwork for his latest album.

For more than ten years, Israel Houghton and New Breed have been creating ground-breaking worship music that is heard from Texas to South Africa. Their genre transcends categories, falling somewhere between Christian Contemporary and Gospel, but the sound is unmistakable. At its core it is a multicultural ministry experience that borrows from the spirit of Africa, the vibrant energy of South America, and the soul of America. It’s music that touches the innermost being and reflects the group’s attempt to bring hearts closer to God.

Before recording their new album, Israel and New Breed prayed and fasted for 40 days to get to a deeper level in God and to encourage their fans do the same. The band went on a diet excluding sugar, fried foods, and soda; they also limited themselves to six hours of television a week—a real feat for Houghton—and made a concerted effort to spend more time in communion with God. Out of this deep spiritual journey came the chart-topping album “A Deeper Level” and a companion book with the same title. Houghton spoke to Beliefnet about the "Deeper Level" experience, his mild addiction to the television show "24," and his relationship with Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen.

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